More medical students are refusing pharmaceutical handouts. “‘People will often ask, ‘why didn’t you take the pen? Or, why didn’t you eat the lunch?’,’ says Kenyon, a Boston University medical student who packs a sandwich, apple, and granola bar almost every day so he won’t have to eat meals sponsored by drugmakers.
‘It gives you the green light to talk about it when somebody asks,’ adds Petersen, who swears his home-cooked pot roast and clam chowder leftovers taste better than the catered meals he refuses each week.”
I wonder how many medical students have the time to bring home-cooked pot roast every day to work. More likely is that these students, already $100,000+ in debt, will just spend more money in the cafeteria when refusing pharma-sponsored lunches.